Emmys 2017: ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ wins big |Sep 17, 2017

Sunday night’s 69th Primetime Emmy Awards reflected the diversity of the television landscape as well as the current political climate. Hosted by Stephen Colbert from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the TV awards show also highlighted the work of women in the medium.

Imagine Dragons ‘Believer’ tops the LA charts |Sep 11, 2017

MUSIC IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 SONGS IN L.A. 1. Believer: Imagine Dragons 2. HUMBLE.: Kendrick Lamar 3. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back: Shawn Mendes 4. Shape of You: Ed Sheeran 5.

This is why ‘It’ director says Stephen King’s killer clown horror movie was so hard to film |Sep 6, 2017

Making “It,” Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel about an alien killer clown who feasts on the fears of children in Derry, Maine, every 27 years, into a feature film was itself a frightening proposition.

Hurricane Harvey telethon featuring Beyonce, Blake Shelton to air from LA |Sep 5, 2017

NEW YORK >> Beyonce, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and Oprah Winfrey will headline a one-hour benefit telethon to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims that will be simulcast next week on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT.

‘Star Wars IX’ director exits project due to differing ‘visions,’ Lucasfilm says |Sep 5, 2017

Colin Trevorrow will no longer be directing the ninth “Star Wars” movie, according to a statement on a Lucasfilm website. “Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on “Star Wars: Episode IX,” the message that appeared on

Here’s what you can expect from ‘You’re the Worst’ this season |Sep 4, 2017

Everything is turned upside down at the beginning of season four of FXX’s “You’re the Worst,” except, of course, how screwed up Jimmy and Gretchen are. At the end of last season, novelist Jimmy (Chris Geere) proposed to music publicist Gretchen (Aya Cash) on a hilltop overlooking Los Angeles and then immediately abandoned her.

Palace announces Prince William, Kate expecting third child |Sep 4, 2017

LONDON >> Kensington Palace said Monday that Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child. The announcement comes as a surprise, as there had been little indication that William’s wife, the former Kate Middleton, was pregnant.

Poncho Sanchez, Ozomatli enliven Grand Park Labor Day music festival |Sep 4, 2017

Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles hosted the Nightshift Labor Day Music Fest on Monday. Performers included Pancho Sanchez, Ozomatli, Grace Potter, and many others. • MORE PHOTOS:

Can MoviePass save theaters? Its CEO says his business plan works |Sep 4, 2017

Vegging out on the couch watching movies streamed from services like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu is the great American pastime. But one startup is going against the grain to get people out of their homes and into the theaters.

Harvard senior Brynn Elliott is taking time off from school to go on tour, will open for Lifehouse, Switchfoot at the Greek |Sep 3, 2017

Brynn Elliott’s college experience has really been anything but typical. The 22-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native, who is currently enrolled in her senior year at Harvard University has been juggling her rising career in music while attempting to maintain a stellar GPA.

Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist, Walter Becker dies at 67 |Sep 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number” and “Deacon Blues” has died.

A slow Labor Day caps a down summer at the box office |Sep 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> With no new wide releases, Hollywood basically took the Labor Day weekend off and put an end to what’s expected to be the lowest earning summer movie going season since 2006 — the last time the industry saw a sub-$4 billion summer.

Queens of the Stone Age try hotshot producer, new sounds on ‘Villains’ |Sep 2, 2017

@samgnerre on Twitter Queens of the Stone Age prides itself on never sounding the same way twice. The loose aggregation of musicians, founded by Josh Homme in Palm Desert in 1996 after he left his former stoner metal band Kyuss, presents one of its most confounding works yet with “Villains,” its seventh album.

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MUSIC IHEARTRADIO TOP 10 SONGS IN L.A. 1. Believer: Imagine Dragons 2. There’s Nothing Holdin Me Back: Shawn Mendes 3. HUMBLE.: Kendrick Lamar 4. Shape of You: Ed Sheeran 5.

Box office: Not even ‘Wonder Woman’ could save Hollywood from a summer slump |Sep 2, 2017

Labor Day marks the end of the summer movie-going season, but well before the holiday weekend’s first barbecue is fired up Hollywood studios and theaters nationwide have been getting torched.

Ex-Lakers star Kobe Bryant returns to spotlight at Hollywood Bowl |Sep 2, 2017

Light saber-wielding fans showed up at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, Sept. 1, expecting to hear John Williams conduct the L.A. Philharmonic in, as he called it, “some music from ‘Star Wars.

Steve Smith: Bryan Ferry at the Hollywood Bowl, Todd Rundgren at the Microsoft Theater, more |Sep 1, 2017

Singer Bryan Ferry and his London-based band of art rockers, Roxy Music, first played Los Angeles in December 1972, with shows at the Hollywood Palladium and, a week later, at a more intimate Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan is coming to L.A.’s Ace Hotel, and he may bring Hot Pockets |Sep 1, 2017

Jim Gaffigan rarely does a stand-up comedy performance where he isn’t riffing on Hot Pockets. Joking about these savory microwavable turnovers has been shtick for him going back to his first Comedy Central special, “

‘Star Wars’ fans line up at Downtown Disney to scoop up ‘The Last Jedi’ merchandise |Sep 1, 2017

The force was strong with Star Wars fans late Thursday night, Aug. 31, as they lined up to be among the first to buy merchandise based on the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie.

Check out all the free stuff at the library: 3-D printers, VR headsets and more |Sep 1, 2017

If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events.

Paul Rodriguez throws ‘Pitch’ at Hollywood’s representation of Latinos |Sep 1, 2017

Actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez stars in a new play he’s written that’s aimed at shaking up Hollywood. In “The Pitch: Or How to Pitch a Latino Sitcom That Will Never Air,” Rodriguez uses comedy to expose the challenges that Latinos face pitching a TV show to network executives.

NFL football, ‘Psycho Wedding Crasher’ and Notorious B.I.G. are on this week’s what to watch |Sep 1, 2017

Catch up on Deutschland 83: (Available on Hulu) Set in 1983, the eight-part series follows Martin Rauch, (Jonas Nay), a soldier who is sent by the East German Intelligence Service to discover NATO’s military intentions.

‘All Eyez on Me’ offers an uneven look at the life of Tupac Shakur |Sep 1, 2017

Your reaction to the biopic “All Eyez on Me” may depend on how much you know about its subject, Tupac Shakur. The film from director Benny Boom is careful in its telling of the rapper’s life, which ended in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996.

Shelley Berman, comedian-bard of everyday life, dies at 92 |Sep 1, 2017

NEW YORK — Comedian Shelley Berman, who won gold records and appeared on top television shows in the 1950s and 1960s delivering wry monologues about the annoyances of everyday life, has died.

Six Flags Magic Mountain unveils new ride for 2018 with discounted season passes |Aug 31, 2017

Six Flags Magic Mountain unveiled a new ride for 2018 Thursday, Aug. 31. But, as its name suggests, the ride Crazanity is not for the faint of heart.

Pacoima’s own Ritchie Valens is getting a stretch of the 5 Freeway named after him |Aug 31, 2017

PACOIMA >> A stretch of the 5 Freeway in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be renamed in honor of rock ‘n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens, thanks to a bill approved by the state Legislature.

See rare photos of James Cameron directing late actor Bill Paxton and an Oscar winner in an ‘80s rock video |Aug 31, 2017

Chris Cuffaro has made a career out of photographing important entertainers. However, before he became known for shooting images of George Michael on the set of his music video for “Faith,” Pearl Jam standing in Seattle’s Discovery Field as a promo for the album “Ten,” or INXS frontman Michael Hutchence for Detour magazine, Cuffaro took actor Bill Paxton up on an invitation.

Throwing punches and breaking bones, Noomi Rapace brings the pain in ‘Unlocked’ |Aug 30, 2017

Noomi Rapace is a vision in pink. Bubblegum nails and coral, pixie-cut hair. Elaborately ruffled, rosy blouse under a white, charcoal-striped pantsuit. Pink ribbon tie. Don’t call her girly, though.

Drug drama ‘Narcos’ returns with a new set of villains in the Cali Cartel |Aug 30, 2017

The third season of the Netflix cocaine drama “Narcos” moves into a new chapter of America’s long-running war on drugs in the 1980s and ’90s. The end of last season brought the death of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug lord, in a rooftop shootout in 1993.

Wagoner on Radio: When Jay Thomas had the power at Power 106 |Aug 30, 2017

Most know Jay Thomas as an accomplished actor, with roles on such shows as “Mork and Mindy,” “Cheers,” “Murphy Brown” and more. But I know him as the second morning man on Power 106 (KPWR 105.

Daryl Hall and John Oates’ co-headlining Staples Center shows with Tears for Fears promises all the hits, a few surprises |Aug 30, 2017

Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears were practically neighbors living in upstate New York back in the ‘80s. And though, Hall said, the two had hung out countless times, they never really thought of, let alone discussed, touring together.

William Shatner joining cosplay, superhero fans at Long Beach Comic Con this weekend |Aug 30, 2017

Superheroes, evil villains, monsters and other characters will be seen all over the streets of downtown Long Beach on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 3. It’s not a supernatural invasion that’s happening, but instead the return of

Cinecon 53 Classic Film Festival among movie screening events in the Los Angeles area |Aug 30, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica area Cinecon 53 Classic Film Festival: Screenings of forgotten or unusual films from the silent and early talking eras plus a movie collectibles show.

Possible star-studded telethon next month for Hurricane Harvey relief |Aug 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Los Angeles might play host to part of a star-studded telethon next month to raise money for relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Texas. Houston rapper Bun B told the website TMZ.

LA County’s rainbow-colored lifeguard tower could lose its gay pride stripes |Aug 30, 2017

A Venice Beach lifeguard tower wrapped in the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag could be repainted to its original iconic blue, unless the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors votes Tuesday to save it.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights adds ‘Sinister,’ ‘The Purge’ to Horrors of Blumhouse attraction |Aug 29, 2017

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights has announced its collaboration with producer Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions to bring franchise films like “The Purge” and “Sinister,” as well as the forthcoming “Happy Death Day,” which hits theaters Friday, Oct.

At New Blues Festival, women will run the show at this Long Beach music event |Aug 29, 2017

Step aside gentlemen, because this weekend the ladies are bringing the blues to Long Beach. The fourth annual New Blues Festival returns Saturday, Sept. 2, and Sunday, Sept. 3, to El Dorado Regional Park with dozens of performers on the

Comedian Bill Engvall will get Palos Verdes Performing Arts’ new season started with lots of laughs |Aug 29, 2017

A dose of clean comedy, musicals, concerts and even a “spelling bee” highlight the 35th season for Palos Verdes Performing Arts’ Norris Theatre. There will be more than a dozen shows, starting Saturday, Sept.

Roadhouse barbecue is done right at Cookin’ with Lenny in Chatsworth |Aug 29, 2017

There’s history writ large in the old restaurants of Los Angeles, such as The Original Pantry and Philippe The Original. And there’s an even less known history to be found in the surviving roadhouses in the mountains of Southern California.

Ed Skrein drops out of ‘Hellboy’ reboot after ‘whitewashing’ backlash |Aug 28, 2017

A week after his casting in the upcoming “Hellboy” film sparked a “whitewashing” uproar, British actor Ed Skrein has decided to exit the project. “I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage,” Skrein said in a

What to watch: ‘Little Evil’ a comedy of horrors, plus ‘Comrade Detective’ finds the funny |Aug 28, 2017

rlowman@scng.com @RobLowman1 on Twitter Catch up on Comrade Detective: (Available on Amazon) The end of summer demands something goofy and undemanding, and this Cold War-set spy spoof fills the bill.

The Sherlocks breathe new life into guitar rock on ‘Live for the Moment’ |Aug 28, 2017

The Sherlocks’ debut, “Live for the Moment,” excels not by breaking new ground, but by breathing life into familiar territory. The British quartet, which consists of brothers Kiaran and Brandon Crook (vocals/rhythm guitar, drums) and Andy and Josh Davidson (bass lead guitar), scarcely could be more traditional in its guitars-and-drums approach.

‘Baywatch’ offers last look at swimsuits of summer in DVDs this week |Aug 28, 2017

If you saw the poster for “Baywatch” — the feature film that reimagines the swimsuit-friendly TV show of the 1990s — then you know all you need to. It obviously stars Dwayne Johnson — he’s the big guy on the poster — who takes over the adult-on-the-beach duties from David Hasselhoff, who originated the role.

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights explores the latest chapter of ‘Insidious’ in an all-new attraction |Aug 28, 2017

Though Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights has produced dozens of attractions based on some of the biggest feature films and TV shows within the horror genre, producer and creative director John Murdy said that the walk-thru mazes based on Blumhouse Productions’ “Insidious” films remain a top fan favorite.

What’s streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix in September: ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld,’ ‘Transparent’ and Paul Hollywood hits the road, more |Aug 28, 2017

With all the television shows and movies streaming in September, there’s plenty to choose from. Like Jerry Seinfeld, for instance. Named the highest paid comedian of 2017 by Forbes, he’s obviously still doing something right.

Here’s what we know about ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ |Aug 28, 2017

A few weeks ago, a number of the female stars and producers of FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult” — including Emmy winner Sarah Paulson, Alison Pill and Billie Lourd — took questions from TV critics about the show.

Wife of Don Rickles involved in Malibu crash on PCH |Aug 27, 2017

MALIBU >> The wife of the late comedy icon Don Rickles escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash involving a large truck along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

Tobe Hooper, ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ director, dies at 74 |Aug 27, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died.

Box-office eclipse: Hollywood has worst weekend in years |Aug 27, 2017

NEW YORK >> Hollywood effectively took the weekend off, resulting in one of the most dismal box-office results in 16 years. An already slow August came to a screeching halt at the multiplex, where no major new releases were unveiled.

Class Act: Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Pops wrap up summer as LA Opera, others prep for fall |Aug 27, 2017

We’ve reached that semiannual time of the year when seasons change — in this instance, summertime concerts are reaching their conclusions and fall/winter/spring seasons are beginning to ramp up.